Left Behind: A New Economics for Neglected Places (Hardback)
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Left Behind: A New Economics for Neglected Places (Hardback)

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Published: 13/06/2024
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The noted development economist ranges across the globe with immense authority and urgency in this incisive critique of why some areas of the world have become left behind economically.

The world-renowned economist offers a ground-breaking new vision for inclusive prosperity

Left behind places can be found in prosperous countries—from South Yorkshire, integral to the industrial revolution and now England’s poorest county, to Barranquilla, once Colombia’s portal to the Caribbean and now struggling. More alarmingly, the poorest countries in the world are diverging further from the rest of humanity than they were at the start of this century. Why have these places fallen behind? And what can we do about it?

World-renowned development economist Paul Collier has spent his life working in neglected communities. In this book he offers his candid diagnosis of why some regions and countries are failing, and a new vision for how they can catch up. Collier lays the blame for widening inequality on stale economic orthodoxies that prioritize market forces to revive left behind regions, and on the arrogant, hands-off and one-size fits all approach of centralized bureaucracies like the UK Treasury. As a result, Collier argues, the UK has become the most unequal and unfair society in the western world.

Yet the core message of Left Behind is hopeful: bringing together encouraging case studies of recovery from around the world, Collier shows how renewal is achievable through a combination of collective learning, moral leadership and local agency. With keen insight, he draws lessons from such seemingly disparate fields as behavioural psychology, evolutionary biology and moral philosophy to share a bold, galvanizing vision for a more inclusive, prosperous world.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241279168
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 30 mm


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Left Behind is full of good ideas… stimulating, a call to heal the divisions in our societies by bringing justice to the left behind. It should be essential reading for the new Labour Cabinet - Jason Cowley, The Sunday Times

Paul Collier shows how centralized authority and economic orthodoxy have hollowed out communities and deepened the divide between prosperous and neglected places. Ranging across politics, economics, and moral philosophy, he offers a compelling vision for renewal. This tour de force book points the way to a political economy of shared prosperity and common purpose’ - Michael J. Sandel, author of THE TYRANNY OF MERIT

Being left behind is a curse on people, places, and even whole countries. Paul Collier brings his astonishing range of global experiences and interdisciplinary knowledge to forge a guidebook for catching up. He challenges the belief that the market is a trustworthy remedy and catalogues the many collective strategies that have worked in the past and can work again. Great wisdom lies herein - Angus Deaton, Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences

Paul Collier has written another brilliant, must-read book for anyone interested in human progress. I greatly enjoyed this book, you will too - Baroness Dambisa Moyo, author of DEAD AID

Brilliant, orthodoxy-upending … this book is a compelling and practical manifesto for a better future. It is not only required reading but demands action - Andy Haldane, CEO of the RSA

Left Behind is a tour de force. Challenging economic orthodoxies and the “one size fits all” solution of market forces, Paul Collier presents us with a fascinating analysis of marginalized communities in rich and poor countries and how they got that way. More importantly, he tells us how they can lift themselves out of poverty and into prosperity through sound leadership and agency following a bottom-up approach. Reading the book left me with a sense of optimism and hope that those who get left behind need not stay that way - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization

A wide-ranging account of why societies have gone so badly wrong in the early 21st century by emphasizing individualism, and an ambitious – but essential – agenda for tackling some of the problems - Professor Diane Coyle, author of GDP: A BRIEF BUT AFFECTIONATE HISTORY

The misleading biology of "Selfish Genes" seemingly vindicated the dash to gross inequality. Collier's book reveals the extent of that damage in a wide variety of countries, and the many ways in which it may be fixed - Denis Noble FRS

A MUST READ reminding all of us to hold onto hope, chronicling stories of communities that are progressing against the odds - Sylvana Quader Sinha, Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

In this brilliant, passionate, angry book, Paul Collier makes a completely convincing case for hope. Drawing on a wide range of persuasive case studies from across the world Collier shows that with appropriate support left behind places can “spiral up” – rebuilding their communities and their economies through respect, hard work and good governance. In the process he draws on the latest research to show us what good states look like and how they operate. A manual for the future for all of us. - Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University

In Left Behind, one of the world’s foremost development economists distills practical lessons for how neglected places can be drawn back into the mainstream. The book is replete with examples from all over the world, suggesting there are some common principles that can drive revitalization, whether in the developed or developing world. Collier’s vision of a more inclusive and prosperous world is alluring, this book tells us how we might get there - Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

This is an essential, global and multidisciplinary analysis of the inequality-of-opportunity problem that continues to plague too many parts of the world and has a corrosive impact on our democracies - Tej Parikh, Financial Times

Paul Collier's new book reveals how worship of the market made the UK one of the most unequal countries in the world... required reading for any incoming government - Will Dunn, New Statesman

Paul Collier seek[s] to bury not just Rishi Sunak and his cabinet but the whole economic approach that the Conservatives have taken since 2010, or perhaps even 1979 - Robert Colville, Spectator

In Left Behind, economist Paul Collier tells a convincing tale of how market fundamentalism created inequality. He offers welcome solutions to global and regional disparities… full of vivid case studies exemplifying Collier’s theoretically simple but practically daunting proposition… a thought-provoking and refreshingly open-minded book - Jacobin

In this new book [Collier] draws lessons from a variety of ‘left behind’ places in the global north and the south… In these examples we see approaches tailored to local needs, rather than economic dogma dictated from afar. We see a focus on inclusive prosperity and participation. And we see agency rather than dependence and external control… an altogether more useful book that might make a difference in the here and now - Earthbound Report

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